How to Make Mixed Media Invites

Posted by Kim Dellow

It's party time, so send out some custom invitations! Here is how to create mixed media-inspired invites for your next event.

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Hi, it’s Kim Dellow here with some mixed media party invites. These are great fun to make and can be made in bulk. So if you have a party coming up, or a crop, then have a go at these. You could even use this technique to make your own business cards!

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Here Is What You Will Need:

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolour paints

White cardstock or watercolor paper

MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Dies

We R Memory Keepers Lifestyle Crafts Goosebumpz Embossing Folders - Polka Dot

Stampendous Small Typewriter Alphabet stamps

Round or mop brush

Die-cutting machine

Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black

Let’s Make Some Invites

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Cut some white cardstock or watercolor card into strips to fit a small Stitched Rounded Rectangle die and run them through the die-cutting machine. I’ve used an ordinary but quite heavyweight cardstock which will take water well, so try the cardstock you have to see if it works with watercolors or use watercolor paper.

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Cover your work surface with old paper or craft mats: this is going to get messy! Place a piece of ordinary copy paper on the surface and slip each die-cut rectangle under the paper edge so that around two-thirds of it is under the paper. Then use a wet wash brush like a mop head brush to pick up color from the Kuretake paints and flick them onto the exposed cards. Add different colors, then when you are happy with the effect, remove the copy paper mask and let the cards dry.

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Now stamp out the invite front. You can write the details on the back in a number of ways. You could handwrite it or stamp it, but if you had lots to do and wanted to print it, print out the back several times well-spaced on a piece of copy paper. Then use washi tape to stick the invites onto the paper over where the printing is and pass the sheet through the printer again so that it prints on the invites.

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Final step is to add a little bit of texture to the invites. Place a couple of them with the colored part inside the embossing folder and emboss.

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These really do not take that long to do; if you want to speed it along even more, then use your heat tool to dry off the watercolor.

Thanks for popping in.

Kim Dellow